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What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is the part of the guilty plea process where you tell the court how you plead. The court clerk (or sometimes the judge) will begin the arraignment by reading out the charge (or charges) to which you are pleading guilty. You should always be aware of what charges you are pleading guilty to before you make the decision to plead guilty.

After the charges have been read, the court clerk or the judge will ask you, “How do you plead to the charge(s) as read?” At this point, if you wish to plead guilty, you will say “guilty.” After you have said this, the arraignment is complete and the facts portion of the guilty plea will begin. However, in some cases, after you have entered your plea the case will be adjourned and the facts read out on another day.